David Rosenberg
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David Rosenberg is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College, Vermont, USA and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is also editor of the South China Sea WWW Virtual Library [http://www.southchinasea.org/].

Prof. Rosenberg received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, (1963), an M.P.A. in International Development, from the School of Management, Cornell University (1967), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Government, with subfields in Southeast Asian Studies and Development Economics, from Cornell University (1972). He has also been a Visiting Professor, Fellow, or Lecturer at the American University’s School of International Service, the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department, the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Center for International Studies at Cornell University, and the College of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1963 to1965.

Areas of Interest

Development, Environment, and Security Issues of the South China Sea

International Environmental Negotiations

Environment and Development in Southeast Asia


“Maritime Security in the South China Sea,” co-authored with Christopher Chung (Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University), Ocean Development and International Law, (Vol. 39 No. 1), January-March 2008

“Fisheries Management in the South China Sea,” in Sam Bateman and Ralf Emmers, Security and International Politics in the South China Sea: Towards A Cooperative Management Regime, Routledge, 2009. pp. 61-79. ISBN: 978-0-415-46943-2

“China-ASEAN Relations: Economic and Legal Dimensions,” (Book Review) The China Journal, No. 61 (January 2009). Pp. 246-248.

“Contested Borderlands in the South China Sea,” BBC World Service-Asia, (April 2009).

“The Political Economy of Piracy in the South China Sea, Naval War College Review, Volume 62, No. 3, (Summer 2009). Pp. 43-58.

“Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China’s Territorial Disputes” (Book Review), The China Journal, No. 62 (July, 2009). Pp. 221-223.

Piracy and Maritime Crime: Historical and Modern Case Studies, US Naval War College, Newport Paper #35, January 2010 (Co-author and co-editor with Andrew Forbes, RAN, and Bruce Ellemann, USN).

“Governing the South China Sea: From Freedom of the Seas to Ocean Enclosure Movements,” Harvard Asia Quarterly, Vol. XII, No. 3 & 4 (Winter 2010).

“China and India: Prospects for Peace (Book Review), Pacific Affairs, March 2011 (Volume 84, No. 1).

“Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy” (Book Review), The China Journal, No. 66 (July 2011).

“Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers: Violence and Clandestine Trade in the Greater China Seas” (Book Review), The China Journal, No. 66 (July 2011).

“The Maritime Borderlands: Terrorism, Piracy, Pollution, and Poaching in the South China Sea,” in The Borderlands of Southeast Asia: Geopolitics, Terrorism, and Globalism, edited by James Clad, Sean M. McDonald, and Bruce Vaughn. National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies, 2011. http://ndupress.ndu.edu/Portals/68/Documents/Books/borderlands-southeast-asia.pdf

“Chinese Circulations: Capital, Commodities, and Networks in Southeast Asia” (Book review), The China Journal, No. 67 (January 2012).

“Beyond the Scarborough Scare: Joint Resource Management in the South China Sea,” e-International Relations, May 1, 2012. http://www.e-ir.info/2012/05/01

“Problems and Prospects for Joint Resource Management in the South China Sea, in The South China Sea: Re-Assessing Regional Order in Asia, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, September, 2012

“The Paradox of the South China Sea Disputes,” The China Story Journal, April 2013.


“What Will Xi Do Next in the South China Sea?” New America Foundation,The Weekly Wonk, March 26, 2015.


“Beijing’s South China Sea Building Projects,” Deutsche Welle, 16 April 2015


“China’s Naval Power: An Offensive Realist Approach” (Book Review), International Journal of Maritime History, Vol 27:1 (May, 2015).

“South China Sea: Why not take up China on its words?,” Canberra Times, June 3, 2015.


“Major Law and Policy Issues in the South China Sea: European and American Perspectives” (Book Review), The China Journal, No. 74, (July, 2015).

“The Sino-Vietnamese Agreements in the Tonkin Gulf: Implications for Asian Maritime Boundary Negotiations,” ROK-PRC Maritime Negotiations Conference, Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, October 8, 2015. 

“Taiwan Straits: Crisis in Asia and the role of the U.S. Navy” (Book Review), International Journal of Maritime History 28: 203-205 (February 2016). 

“Who Governs the South China Sea?” RSIS Commentary, July 12, 2016. 


Trekking to Mustang, 1964: Crossing Paths with Mastiffs and Khampas in the Himalayan Kingdom of Lo, Wren Song Press, October 2016. Amazon.com

“China’s Troubled Waters: Maritime Disputes in Theoretical Perspective” (Book Review) The China Journal. Vol. 77 (January 2017) 

“The Gulf of Tonkin Model: The Way Forward for Collaboration Post-Ruling?,” in Yang Razali Kassim, The South China Sea Disputes: Flashpoints, Turning Points and Trajectories, World Scientific/Imperial College Press, February 2017

“The Changing Strategic Balance in the South China Sea,” Lecture, Manning Clark House, Canberra, Australia. 20 March 2017

“The South China Sea: A Crucible of Regional Cooperation or Conflict-Making Sovereignty Claims?,” by C. J. Jenner and Tran Truong Thuy. (Book Review) The China Journal, Vol. 78 (July, 2017)

“The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future,” by Nalanda Roy, Lexington, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016 (Book Review) International Journal of Maritime History, vol. 29, 4: pp. 970-971. October, 2018.

“Building a Normative Order in the South China Sea: Evolving Disputes, Expanding Options,” edited by Tran Truong Thuy, John B. Welfield and Le Thuy Trang. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019 (Book Review), The China Journal, Vol. 83 (January 2020).

“China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations,” Edited by Andrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson, U.S. Naval Institute, 2019 (Book Review), International Journal of Maritime History, forthcoming.

“US-China Rivalry and the Paradox of the South China Sea Disputes,” Chapter 5 in Navigating Uncertainty in the South China Sea Disputes, edited by Nalanda Roy, World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd, (London/Singapore), forthcoming.